Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia
Classics season is behind us and the Tour de Romandie is now complete. That can only mean one thing — it’s time for the Giro d’Italia. The 102nd edition of the Giro starts in Bologna this Saturday and concludes in Verona on June 2. Ahead of the first Grand Tour of the season we take … The post Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .
Landa, Carapaz and Amador to lead Movistar at Giro d'Italia
Not chastened by their experiences at last year’s Tour de France, Movistar are taking a three-pronged approach to the Giro d’Italia this May. The Spanish team will look to Mikel Landa , Andrey Amador and Richard Carapaz for their general classification ambitions. One notable omission from the team is Alejandro Valverde, who was meant to be riding the Corsa Rosa but had to pull out after a training crash ahead of Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Given their previous performances, Landa – who is expected to leave the team at the end of the season - is likely to be the team’s best hope for the overall classification. Though, Carapaz has been on fine form recently and will be looking to improve on last year’s performance. Landa took his first Grand Tour podium at the 2015 Giro d’Italia, after duking it out with his Astana teammate Fabio Aru and eventual winner Alberto Contador. In ...
Van Baarle returns to cobbled Classics for Dwars door Vlaanderen
Team Sky 's Dylan van Baarle will make a return to the Belgian Classics at the Dwars door Vlaanderen one-day race in Belgium on Wednesday – a month to the day since breaking his hand at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The Dutchman made a return to racing at the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali stage race in Italy last week – a race where the roads are considerably less severe than the famous cobbles of northern Europe. "When we were in the hospital and the doctor told me my hand was broken, in the back of my mind I was still thinking, 'Ah, maybe I can make it for Flanders,'" said Van Baarle on his team's website. "But I knew that, normally, if your hand is broken it should be at least six weeks out. "Thankfully, everything has gone really well. The surgeon did a really good job, and it ...
Winners and Losers from the Pre-Cobbled Monuments Cobbled Classics
Besides Dwars on Wednesday, all the big lead up cobbled races to Flanders and Roubaix are finished. If you haven’t made your mark on the cobbled classics yet, there are only two more chances at the big shows during the next two weekends to try to make something out of your spring season. At the same time, it’s not all about the big two. Winning the lead up races is a huge mark on the palmares of the riders in its own right. Let’s take a look at who has won and lost the cobbled season thus far. WINNERS 1. Alexander Kristoff Even though we often call Kristoff the White Whale and make quips about his girth, the truth of the matter is that Kristoff has a physique that most if not all of the men reading this site would die for. Just take a look at his Instagram here ...
'This is a step up': Hamilton wins Coppi e Bartali
Second-year pro Lucas Hamilton said he now feels like he's stepped up after taking overall victory at the 2019 Coppi e Bartali, his first win as a pro.
Hamilton takes Coppi e Bartali overall win
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Coppi e Bartali: Robeet wins stage 4 from breakaway
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Coppi e Bartali: Velasco wins stage 3 sprint
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Hamilton in hot pursuit of Landa grabs Coppi e Bartali race lead
Movistar's Mikel Landa may have won the 2019 Coppi e Bartali's second stage, but Aussie Lucas Hamilton was hot on his heels to move into the race lead.
Landa takes first victory in over a year with stage win at Coppi e Bartali
Movistar 's Mikel Landa took his first victory since winning a stage at Tirreno-Adriatico last March when he won stage 2 of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali in Italy on Thursday. The Spanish rider has had a torrid time since last August when, having taken a very respectable seventh place overall at the Tour de France the month before, he crashed at the Clasica San Sebastian , fracturing a vertebra and a rib. Although Landa was able to return to racing at the Giro della Toscana in mid-September, he wasn't able to finish the race, and didn't finish any of the further five races he rode in September and October, but then spent the winter trying to get back to his previous form. However, a crash at his first race of the 2019 season in late January – the Trofeo Ses Salines-Campos-Porreres-Felanitx, part of the Challenge Mallorca – resulted ...
Lucas Hamilton assumes overall lead at Coppi e Bartali
It may have been Movistar's Mikel Landa who celebrated winning stage 2 of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali on Thursday, but Mitchelton-Scott were able to stay at the top of the overall classification thanks to Lucas Hamilton finishing second on the stage to the Spanish rider. Overnight leader Rob Stannard finished almost a minute down on the stage winner, but Hamilton was able to match Landa's attack with 15km to go of the final 22km circuit, and the two worked well together to finish 10 seconds ahead of the chasing bunch, which was led home by Riwal Readynez's Alexander Kamp. "It's a shame for Lucas not to get the win, but we're very happy that we've increased our lead in the general classification, and we're in a pretty good position now going into stage three," said Mitchelton-Scott sports director Matt Wilson on the team's website, with Hamilton now leading ...
Mikel Landa wins stage 2 in Coppi e Bartali
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Cobbles power-ranking: PrE3 Edition
A reshuffle of the list ahead of the heart of the cobbled season Some words of wisdom from the boss, in the comments when I ran the equivalent piece last year: This is always the toughest column to write: it looks like you have relevant data, but only if you don’t look too closely. We still won’t know much about who is really strong until it’s nearly over. But it’s fun to try a guess at it, with or without a surly lump of granite in tow. This is, I fear, all too true. We’ve got some data, and it is of some help. In attempting to set the rankings before the run of E3, Dwars, Flanders and Roubaix (yes, there are other races, but that’s the key four) we’ll look at what Conor thought coming into preseason – and where I agree and disagree with him – plus what ...
Liepins wins Coppi e Bartali stage 1a
Emils Liepins (Wallonnie Bruxelles) won the opening stage of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, beating Riccardo Stacciotti (Giotti Victoria) and Manuel Belletti (Androni Giocattoli) in a bunch sprint. The day was marked by a lenthy solo attack from Daniel Crista (Giotti Victoria), who got away in the opening kilometres of the 97.8km stage. Crista quickly built up a substantial advantage and after 18 kilometres he already had 3:45 on the peloton. EF Education First’s Lawson Craddock tried to join Crista early on but was unable to bridge the gap and was eventually brought back by the peloton. It was always going to be a tough ask for Crista to stay out front alone and he would not be able to hold off the peloton in the end. The Romanian rider was eventually mopped up with 19 kilometres still to run, and one final classified climb. With the climb dispatched, ...
The Pro-Conti and SSR Corner: The Cobbles and Crashes Edition
It’s been slow on the SSR front for the last few weeks, though we did get an exciting and rainy edition of Industry and Artichokes, as well as exciting (to different degrees) but crash-marred editions of Nokere Koerse and the Bredene Koksijde Classic. Max Schachmann took the big Artichoke, while Cees Bol and Pascal Ackermann respectively won the two Belgian SSRs. Too bad that Sunweb is SSR-phobic, or we may have had the chance to see Bol dominating more races. Ackermann’s victory in the-race-formerly-known-as-Handzame was dominant, and likely gave him some assurances against an Irish Giro takeover, but how does a single one day SSR victory compare to Sam Bennett’s 2 WT victories at Paris-Nice? It’s a good problem for Bora to have, though, as they now have three of the best sprinters in the peloton and the competition amongst them is resulting in some great performances. As the heart ...
Valverde and Landa headline Movistar at Milan-San Remo
World champion Alejandro Valverde headlines Movistar ’s team for Milan-San Remo , while Mikel Landa will make his comeback from injury at La Classicissima on Saturday. Landa sustained a broken collarbone in a crash during his first race of the season, the Trofeo Ses Salines, Campos, Porreres, Felanitx at the Challenge Mallorca in January. He has been side-lined ever since, but will ride Milan-San Remo before staying in Italy to tackle next week’s Settimana Coppi e Bartali. The Basque rider is also expected to line out at the Tour of the Basque Country next month. Landa has stated his intention to ride both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in 2019. Milan-San Remo was a relatively late addition to Valverde’s racing programme, and he will then line out at the Volta a Catalunya, which gets underway 48 hours later. The Spaniard last appeared at Milan-San Remo in 2016, when ...
Offseason Capsule: CCC
What can we expect from the newest WT team? Today we wrap up our offseason capsules series with the nineteenth report. CCC have picked up a World Tour license for the first time this season, and are born of a combination of the pro-Conti CCC team and the now-defunct World Tour BMC team. That’s two TLAs* for the price of one. I hate HTEA.** They bring ambition, bright orange jerseys, and a sprinkling of talented riders. What we said last year We didn’t. Obviously. Though we covered BMC , and we wrapped up their final season in the first of these 2018/19 capsules. What we got in 2018 I’ve no desire to rake through BMC’s year again, but will turn briefly to CCC, who had a quiet year. In VDS terms, their 1,309 points would have ranked 27 th as a rider, and they were paced by Jan Tratnik and ...
The natural: Jimmy Whelan isn’t riding like a WorldTour rookie
The stitches came out of Jimmy Whelan’s chin two days ago. You can still see where the chainring lodged itself in his face at the Aussie Road Nationals earlier this month but the wounds seem to be healing well. It’s looking like he won’t have a scar which, as Whelan notes with a smile, is … The post The natural: Jimmy Whelan isn’t riding like a WorldTour rookie appeared first on CyclingTips .
Powless: You never know when you'll have a break-out moment
Young riders tend to get handed their share of harsh lessons in their debut season at WorldTour level, but Neilson Powless had all the appearances of a very quick learner when he emerged at the head of the peloton on the Cipressa at Milan-San Remo in March. Just three races into his professional career – and more than six hours into his first-ever Monument Classic – the American cut an assured figure as he piloted LottoNL-Jumbo teammate Danny van Poppel towards the front. A puncture on the Poggio would see Powless come home almost three minutes down on lone winner Vincenzo Nibali, but it was an auspicious start nonetheless. A neo-professional will invariably face peaks and troughs over the course of the year, but moments like that cameo on the Riviera would sustain Powless over the course of his first season with LottoNL-Jumbo, which he brought to a close at ...